Institute for Advanced Professional Studies

Academic Partner Program


IAPS assists colleges and universities to develop, deliver and manage corporate training and continuing education programs. We apply our 35 years of experience and offer a full range of services including courses to complement university offerings, courseware and on-line training development, program coordination and marketing, and corporate education consulting and training services, e.g. conducting training needs assessments.

IAPS History:

The training capabilities of IAPS evolved from years of work at Northeastern University's Center for Continuing Education. From the mid 1960's to the mid 1970's, Northeastern pioneered in combining the application of Organizational and Professional Development concepts, Group Dynamics theories and Adult Education principles to the design and delivery of advanced training for experienced, industry-based technical professionals.

Hundreds of non credit, graduate level courses were developed and successfully delivered to thousands of engineers, scientists and technical managers as part of Northeastern's State-of-the-Arts Program. The program's faculty was comprised of consultants and prominent professionals from advanced technology companies as well as senior faculty with industry consulting experience from the area's leading colleges and universities.

IAPS was founded in 1977 by Donald French [tenured Associate Professor and Director of Continuing Professional Education (Engineering, Applied Sciences, Nutrition, Pharmacology and Technology Management) from 1/1969 - 6/1977 at Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts]. In 1977, Edward C. Bursk [Professor Emeritus, Harvard Business School and Honorary Editor, Harvard Business Review] joined IAPS as a workshop leader [Marketing and Development of New Products], and served as Vice President from 1978 to 1984.

University Partnerships:

From 1977 to 1989, IAPS developed, marketed and conducted numerous advanced technology workshops, in major US cities, for prominent universities including:

  • Boston University
  • Northeastern University
  • Polytechnic Institute of New York (NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering)

The topics ranged from Satellite Antenna Technology to Laser Scanning Systems to Ada Programming to BSD UNIX Device Driver Design. While most of the participants were from the US, our workshops attracted many government and private sector engineers and technical managers from Canada, Europe and Japan.

In-Service Training for University Technical Staff:

Most of our on-campus, open enrollment workshops were also heavily attended by our partner university's technical staff members. Universities partaking in this arrangement included:

  • Cornell University
  • Purdue University

The availability of on-campus workshops enabled each partner university to provide its staff with high quality, advanced technology training at a mere fraction of the cost of out-of-town seminars. And, by scheduling these workshops when regular semester courses were not in session, we used available classroom and computing facilities and enabled the staff to be trained with minimal interference with their regular duties.

Convenient access to our workshops became a valued employee benefit and made it easier for the university to attract and retain highly qualified technical personnel. In addition, some of our industry-based participants were so impressed with the host university that they applied for admission to its graduate program.

Our Faculty:

Our workshop leaders are all effective communicators. They are well respected consultants, industry-based experts or faculty and senior technical staff members from leading institutions such as:

  • Boston University
  • Brown University
  • Mills College
  • Northeastern University
  • NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering
  • Stanford University
  • University of California at Berkeley
  • University of California at Los Angeles
  • University of California at San Diego
  • University of Southern California
  • Wellesley College

Our Services:

Public Seminars and Workshops

IAPS works with its academic partners to plan, design, market, deliver and administer high quality training programs for practicing professionals. While we can make a solid contribution to the development and presentation of most technical and scientific courses, our focus over the past 25 years has been on Computer Science, Software Engineering, Information Technology, Internet Marketing, and Technology Management.

IAPS provides a complete turnkey continuing education program or delivers specific services on an as needed basis. We supply our own instructors and course materials and/or work with our partner's faculty to create and deliver well received instructional programs.

Corporate Education

IAPS assists its academic partners to design and deliver a full range of live and distance learning instructional programs and provide Education Consulting and Technical Training Support Services to government and industry clients, worldwide. Each instructional program (distance learning, on campus, or on-site training) can be customized to meet the needs of our partner's corporate client.

Further Information:

We welcome your inquiries and the opportunity to discuss your institution's continuing education and corporate training support requirements.

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